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Swim Conduct: Permissible Strokes

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 05, 2014, 5:10 p.m. (ET)

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This week we begin discussing the Article IV swim conduct rules. 

The first one is Article 4.1 — Permissible Strokes.  That rule is an "administrative" rule which explains what strokes are legal to use in triathlon. The rule allows the use of any stroke including treading water in place. 

Participants often ask if they can use breaststroke or flip over and use backstroke during the swim. The answer is "yes." 

Here's the rule:

4.1. Permissible Strokes.
Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water and may tread water or float.

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